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1979
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1979-01-01 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH

RAVE ON / BADLANDS / RENDEZVOUS / SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN / FACTORY / STREETS OF FIRE / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / THE PROMISED LAND / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / RACING IN THE STREET / THUNDER ROAD / MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER / JUNGLELAND / FOR YOU / IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY / SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN / I FOUGHT THE LAW / THE FEVER / BECAUSE THE NIGHT / FIRE / CANDY'S ROOM / POINT BLANK / MONA - SHE'S THE ONE - GLORIA / BACKSTREETS / THE LAST TIME / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / DETROIT MEDLEY / TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT / QUARTER TO THREE

Last night of the tour, and a 31-song setlist, the longest of the tour. Last "Streets Of Fire" until 2003, "Meeting Across The River" until 1999, "The Fever" until 1999, and the last E Street Band "Heartbreak Hotel". Rare performances of "I Fought The Law" and "The Last Time". Unusually for the tour, "Spirit In The Night" includes the "Stagger Lee" introduction.

Audience tape (Unbooted) and partial soundboard - what a show! Two recording sources are known to exist, released on CDR 'Final Darkness Night'. "The Last Time" featured on the LP 'Rockin' Days' is from a different recording source. Audience tape also available on CD 'Meeting Across The River' (I Had A Dream Records) but it is unknown which source this uses, while the partial five song soundboard is available as bonus tracks on CD 'Raising Cain' (E Street Records). Crystal Cat's 'Passaic Night' also includes "For You" and "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City" as bonus tracks. Soundboard tape covers the first five tracks from the second set.
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End of the "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" tour


1979-01-11 - LOCK STOCK AND BARREL, FAIR HAVEN, NJ

MOUNTAIN OF LOVE / MUSTANG SALLY / KANSAS CITY / I SAW HER STANDING THERE / ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC / QUARTER TO THREE / TWIST AND SHOUT / HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

A private 37th birthday party for Clarence Clemons, with Springsteen and the entire E Street Band (except for Steve Van Zandt) attending and performing a rollicking set of classics for the invitation-only gathering of close friends and family. Clarence’s pre-E Street band compatriot, Norman Seldin, was playing an extended residency at the club at the time and both Clarence and Garry Tallent had made guest appearances with Seldin at the club the previous week. The above-mentioned setlist is incomplete and not necessarily in the correct performing sequence – there were many other songs performed, although no Springsteen compositions. Apparently Bruce took the lead or co-lead vocal on the above titles.
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1979-03-00 - WARREN ZEVON'S HOUSE, LOS ANGELES, CA

JEANNIE NEEDS A SHOOTER

Bruce gets together with Warren Zevon for a brief, one-off, writing session. According to Zevon’s 1980 comments to Rolling Stone, he’d heard through the grapevine about the unreleased Springsteen song “Jamie [sic] Needs A Shooter”, was highly intrigued by its title, but had never heard any demo. Zevon indicated he composed the new melody for the Springsteen-Zevon re-write, as well as the first verse of lyrics. Springsteen contributed most of the lyrics to the other three verses, as well as the refrain lyrics. Zevon recorded this re-written version a couple of months later in Los Angeles (Bruce was not involved in the studio session) and this recording was issued on Zevon’s Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School album in January 1980.
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1979-03-14 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

FIRE / HEARTBREAK HOTEL

With Robert Gordon. Not only did Bruce jam that night, but so did Garry Tallent (on guitar, not bass).

Audience tape. Some circulating versions of this show are wrongly attributed to the May 27th show from Paramount Theatre.
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1979-03-25 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Springsteen attends a show by the Ramones. Although he doesn't join them onstage he spends some time with the group backstage, apparently sitting and harmonizing a few songs with Joey Ramone, who half-jokingly asks Bruce to write them a song – Bruce goes home that evening and begins to write what turns out to be “Hungry Heart”, although he ultimately decides (upon recommendation of Jon Landau) to keep the song for his own use.

No circulating audio.
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1979-04-13 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

No details known. With Beaver Brown.
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1979-04-15 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN / HAVING A PARTY / AIN'T THAT A SHAME / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)

With Beaver Brown. In addition to Bruce jamming with Beaver Brown, they are also joined by four members of the Asbury Jukes: Kevin Kavanaugh on piano, Ritchie "La Bamba" Rosenberg on trombone, Ed Manion on baritone sax, and Joel Gramolini on guitar (his brother Gary being the lead guitarist of Beaver Brown).
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1979-04-00 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

CAROL

Bruce guests on an extended workout of Chuck Berry’s “Carol” with Charlottesville, Virginia - based blues outfit The Allstars.

No known audio.
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1979-05-27 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

FIRE / HEARTBREAK HOTEL

Bruce joins Robert Gordon on stage for two songs, including "Fire". In addition, Garry Tallent joins for "Heartbreak Hotel".

Audience tape (Unbooted & Unbooted).
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1979-06-03 - WHISKY A GO GO, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

WEDDING MARCH / YOU NEVER CAN TELL / WEAR MY RING AROUND YOUR NECK / FIRE / RAVE ON / SHERRY DARLING / IT'S GONNA WORK OUT FINE / HAVA NAGILA / ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM / HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL / GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT / THE FEVER / MOTHER-IN-LAW / MY GIRL / THUNDER ROAD / IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (with Rickie Lee Jones & Boz Scaggs) / SLOW DOWN (with Rickie Lee Jones & Boz Scaggs) / UNKNOWN (x3, with Rickie Lee Jones & Boz Scaggs)

Wedding of Marc Brickman to June Rudley, Bruce's lighting director and travel agent respectively. Springsteen and members of the band join Rickie Lee Jones and Boz Scaggs for a three hour celebration at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. They play for three hours, a mixture of classic covers and Springsteen originals. Covers include Ernie K-Doe's 1961 #1 hit "Mother-in-Law", The Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and Larry Williams' "Slow Down", which was also recorded by The Beatles on their Long Tall Sally EP in 1964.

A recording does exist, but only in private hands.
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1979-09-21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / BADLANDS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / SHERRY DARLING / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / STAY (with Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler) / DETROIT MEDLEY / RAVE ON

First of two MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) Benefit concerts, also known as "No Nukes". Twelve song set includes the premiere of "The River". The crowd sings "Happy Birthday" to Bruce before "Thunder Road".

Soundboard tape. Outstanding video footage of "The River" is included in the 1980 theatrical movie release No Nukes (later available on home video) and also the official Video Anthology DVD. Audio recordings of "Stay" (with Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler) and an edited "Devil With The Blue Dress Medley" (a.k.a. "Detroit Medley") were officially released on Elektra/Asylum’s three-LP concert album No Nukes later that year (which was eventually officially issued on a two-CD set in 1997). Soundboard available on CDs 'The Complete MUSE shows' and 'Two Nights In The Garden' (Vintage Masters). Unreleased, pro-shot raw film footage of the "Detroit Medley" (with one major edit omitting Bruce’s “emergency announcement”) from this show is circulating on fan-made DVDs. There is also a live, pro-shot video for "Stay" which has circulated since the late '80s and an amateur video of the first three songs of one of the nights.
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1979-09-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT / BADLANDS / THE PROMISED LAND / THE RIVER / SHERRY DARLING / THUNDER ROAD / JUNGLELAND / ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / BORN TO RUN / STAY (with Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, and Rosemary Butler) / QUARTER TO THREE

Second MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) Benefit concert, also known as "No Nukes". "Summertime Blues" has been reported as being played but there is no evidence of this. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" features an instrumental snippet of the "Batman Theme" after Max's introduction. Contains the infamous Lynn Goldsmith moment during "Quarter To Three" - Goldsmith (Bruce's ex-girlfriend) was taking photos, which Bruce thought she had agreed not to do. He drags her up on stage, announces her as "my ex-girlfriend" and then has her escorted away. Tom Petty joins along with Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler for "Stay".

Soundboard, audience tapes and some video. Soundboard available on CDs 'The Complete MUSE shows', 'No Nukes' (Godfatherecords) and 'Two Nights In The Garden' (Vintage Masters). Outstanding video footage of "Thunder Road" and the finale of "Quarter To Three" is included in the 1980 theatrical movie release No Nukes, later available on home video. "Thunder Road" is also included on the Video Anthology VHS/DVD. Unreleased, pro-shot raw film footage of the complete “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” from this show is circulating on fan-made DVDs, as is a longer (but still edited) version of "Quarter To Three" with the Lynn Goldsmith "incident" removed. Thirteen minutes of outstanding semi-professional video of three songs, "Prove It All Night", "Badlands", and "The Promised Land" also circulates.
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1979-10-05 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) / AIN'T THAT A SHAME / TWIST AND SHOUT

Springsteen makes a surprise appearance at The Fast Lane (actually early in the morning of October 6), playing with Beaver Brown, Vini Lopez, and Dave Marsh. Bruce asked Vini (who was working on the fishing boats at the time) if he wanted to play. Despite wearing big fishing boots Vini was never going to say no, and so played in his boots - the first time in over five years that he had shared a stage with Bruce. Springsteen at this time only played oldies or covers when making surprise appearances at clubs, so for him to play an original is very unusual. Springsteen called Dave Marsh up on stage ("let's bring up the Duke"), and he jumped around at the front of the stage with a tambourine.

Audience tape (Unbooted) of poor quality (missing "Ain't That A Shame").
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1979-10-06 - THE FAST LANE, ASBURY PARK, NJ

TWIST AND SHOUT

Bruce jumps on stage at an Ellen Shipley gig at The Fast Lane. Ellen herself takes up the story: "I remember it well..... It was my gig and Bruce had come to watch. He stood in the back at the bar trying not to be noticed! At the end of my set, the audience knew Bruce was there and began screaming for him. He jumped up on the stage and we did an unbelievable version of Twist N Shout! Kids stood up on their tables to see us perform with Bruce, breaking them down! I had a blast!"

An audience recording attributed to this concert does circulate, however it actually derives from the previous night. That appearance with Beaver Brown actually took place early in the morning of October 6th, which may explain the confusion.
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1979-12-00 - THE POWER STATION, NEW YORK CITY, NY

ENDLESS NIGHT / PARALYZED (?)

Springsteen drops into the studio (the same one where The River sessions are taking place), jams with Graham Parker & The Rumour and ends up recording support vocals on one or both of the two above-mentioned tracks. It is not certain that Springsteen actually sings or plays on "Paralyzed".

Both songs are subsequently released on Parker’s April 1980 album The Up Escalator.
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